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Museum of Art and History (Musee d'Art et d'Histoire)

2 Rue Charles-Galland, Geneva 1206, Switzerland
41 0 22 418 26 00
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Ranked #21 of 71 Attractions in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Art Museums, History Museums
Description: This museum of fine arts houses a diverse collection of artifacts, from ancient Egypt through contemporary times.
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English first
Genoa, Italy
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439 reviews 439 reviews
219 attraction reviews
898 helpful votes 898 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The best thing about this museum is it's free (regular collections) in a city where prices to see art are outrageous. For me it's greatest downfall is lack of signage in any other languages other than French; this in a city that considers itself as very international. You are on your own unless you get the audio guide which isn't... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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47 reviews 47 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Well located, free entrance for the regular collection. Beautiful collection of Swiss paintings and Europeans (Fernand Holder)... Superb local collection of weapons and armories from the 1600's...

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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I wish I had had more time in this museum, but the Impressionist rooms were absolutely must sees - and it's free!

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Tampa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Free with Swiss pass. Amazing collection. Huge amount of things to see. The temporary exhibit was poorly labeled but the rest of the museum was really good. The place was almost empty which is too bad since it is a great museum. highly recommend!!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This museum has always been a bit of a mystery to me. It has the most wonderful collection, but seems to want to hide! We visit this museum every time we go to Geneva and love seeing the pictures and sculptures that have become like old friends. And each time we wonder why the facilities are so under-developed - what... More

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Doha, Qatar
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

On a Wednesday morning me and my family decided to visit the biggest museum in Geneva. The museum of Art and History. We were welcomed warmly by a young lady at the entrance who told us photos are allowed to take as we moved to the upper floors the staff kept on following us. We tried to take some photos... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

We visited this museum today and were amazed by the extent of its very varied collection, ranging from Etruscan, Roman, and Savoyard acheology to the Impressionists and Post-Impressions in painting. Of course, Swiss painting of the 19th and 20th centuries is especially well represented, and worth discovering. There is currently (summer 2014) a temporary Rodin exhibit that is definitely worth... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

From Monet to Midiviel Armour, this place has it all....for Free!! No crowds, no line to get in. Beautiful, well maintained building! This is a great spot for kids and adults alike!

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Singapore, Singapore
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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I see some reviewers that criticize the museum are comparing it to other museums in Europe. As I've either not been to other museums in Europe or can't remember what they were like anymore, I don't have anything to compare to, so that's something you have to consider before reading the rest of this review. I think the museum was... More

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London, United Kingdom
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131 reviews 131 reviews
98 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The Geneva Museum of Art and History is housed in a fine neoclassical building about 1 km south west of the famous landmark Jet d"Eau. As many reviewers have already commented, the collection is not as rich as one would have hoped and the staff are somewhat aloof. However it is not completely unexpected if you think about how great... More

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